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Cardinals Care Grants

The 2019 Summer Grant Cycle is now closed.
Check back soon for the next grant cycle.

Thank you for your interest in Cardinals Care, the team's community foundation. In order to qualify for consideration for a grant, the following criteria must be met by your organization:

  • Serve or support youths under 20 years old
  • Operate in "Cardinals Country"
  • Be a 501 (c) (3) with a Federal tax exempt letter
  • Must be up and running as a 501 (c) (3) for a least 1 year
  • Budget for entire organization should not exceed $2,000,000
  • Administration/fundraising expenses should not exceed 30% of total budget
  • As noted below, if your organization previously received a Cardinals Care grant, you must attach both a) a copy of the acknowledgement/award letter informing you of your grant and b) a copy of the receipt(s) for the purchase(s) the grant funded.


Each year Cardinals Care has two grant cycles (spring and summer), as follows:

  • Spring - Expected to open late November.
  • Summer - Closed
  • The application must be submitted electronically through the link provided on the website. Please note that the link is only available when each cycle is open.
  • We do not accept handwritten or mailed applications.
  • After a completed application is electronically received, you will receive an email notifying you of the mandatory next steps and additional documents needed before the deadline. Once ALL of the information has been reviewed, and approved for further evaluation, a Cardinals Care representative will call to schedule a visit. If your organization submits an application for the spring grant cycle, you will be contacted beginning in March, with allocation announcements sent in April and funds distributed in late April. If your organization submits an application for the summer grant cycle, you will be contacted beginning in late July or early August, with allocation announcements sent in late August and funds distributed in mid-September.
  • If an application is incomplete or missing pertinent information, the new electronic system will not allow your application to be submitted.
  • Organizations can only apply and receive funding once a year.

What we fund

Consideration for regular grant cycle submissions will only be given to funding requests that benefit children for:

  • tangible items
  • special supplies or purchases

Average amount for a cash grant from Cardinals Care is between $1,000 to $3,000, subject to available funds.

What we do not fund

  • Annual program costs or salaries
  • Operating expenses
  • Individuals
  • Fundraising event sponsorships (golf, walks/runs, dinner galas, etc.)
  • Scholarships/Endowment funds
  • Multiple-year pledges

Submitting your application

The deadline for submission of the summer application is Sunday, June 30, 2019. In addition to your online application, your required documents must either be emailed to by EOB on June 30th or postmarked and in the mail by this date.

Please mail to:
Cardinals Care
Attn: Michael Hall
700 Clark Street
St. Louis, MO 63102

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Cardinals Care at (314) 345-9418 or send an email to We appreciate your interest and look forward to working with you.


Michael Hall
Vice President,
Cardinals Care and Community Relations